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Background Info

GeoGames challenges players to Build Planet Earth and Map Countries and Cities using fun graphics and sound effects on an animated 3D globe.

The game focuses on cognitive concepts, such as spatial relationships (where the continents are in relation to each other and to the oceans), nesting (how a city is a unit within a country, a country is a unit within a continent), and how countries, continents and oceans have vastly different sizes (scale.)

Designed to help educators teach and assess students' geography mapping skills, GeoGames can be played as a group activity or individually. Each level of the game is graded easy, medium, or hard. Players can track and record their completion times using the automated game timer as well as print customized maps that reflect their progress at each level.

For recommended practices on using GeoGames in the classroom, click here. For information on the research that went into designing GeoGames, click here.

GeoGames was created in 2007 by Reach the World, a global education and mentoring nonprofit, with support from the National Geographic Society Education Foundation. GeoGames is based on a geography learning study conducted by Dr. Susan Lowes of Teachers College, Columbia University.


Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry



large settlement with a high population density.



one of the seven main land masses on Earth.

Encyclopedic Entry: continent



geographic territory with a distinct name, flag, population, boundaries, and government.



imaginary line around the Earth, another planet, or star running east-west, 0 degrees latitude.

Encyclopedic Entry: equator



scale model of the Earth.

Encyclopedic Entry: globe



symbolic representation of selected characteristics of a place, usually drawn on a flat surface.

Encyclopedic Entry: map



landmass that forms as tectonic plates interact with each other.

mountain range


series or chain of mountains that are close together.

North Pole


fixed point that, along with the South Pole, forms the axis on which the Earth spins.

Encyclopedic Entry: North Pole

South Pole


fixed point that, along with the North Pole, forms the axis on which the Earth spins.

Encyclopedic Entry: South Pole


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Tirzah Weiskotten
Jessica Shea

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